Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Absolutely no relation to the dreadful 1966 John Ford film of the same name, 1989's Seven Women was originally released in West Germany as Sieben Frauen, and later reissued as Forms of Love (the umbrella title for director Rudolf Thome's "Love" trilogy, which included this film, The Microscope and The Philosopher). Johanes Herrschmann, a young self-made millionaire, gives up all his money so he can marry a woman who will love him for himself. Herrschmann's plan to move into his father's house is complicated by his dad's ex-business partners, who want to get their hands on some incriminating papers secreted in the house and aren't above murder to do it. The young man is protected by seven women, all members of the same family who live in the house next door. It is the oldest of the women (Elisabeth Zundel) whom Herrschmann decides to marry. This bare-bones synopsis does not take into account the many moral and metaphysical subthemes inserted into the film by producer/director/writer Thome. Though loaded with ideas, Seven Women is the soul of simplicity in its execution.
love, millionaire, marriage, house, inheritance, protection, women, murder